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VIBE Raps With Drop The Lime: A DJ with Gun Slingin' Swagger

How many homeboys out there have a passion for bass and a thirst for blood, who wear black suspenders and slick their hair up into a Johnny Cash-bluesy lookin' fade? Meet Drop the Lime, with a new album Enter the Night, which just dropped on Ultra Music. You can peep it for FREE on AOL (http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/5?), where a listening party is being hosted through July 9th. The cuts on Enter the Night —written and recorded between his Brooklyn home base, London and New Orleans—evoke an outlaw spirit with a modern twist. What does that mean? Let the man himself holler at you…

VIBE: When an entity as large as AOL hosts your music does it affirm that you’ve arrived?
Drop the Lime: I guess so. I’m just making crazy music and it happens to be going out all over the world now so I’ve guessed I’ve done it. I DID IT MOM!

For someone who has never heard your music before, please describe it for VIBE readers specifically.
I would say it’s dance music drunk on rock n’ roll.
It sounds a bit like music in the movie From Dusk til Dawn...Are you a Quentin Tarantino fan?
Huge Quentin Tarantino fan! It’s funny you say that, someone in a recent interview asked me “If you had to pick one movie that your album [Enter the Night] is like, which one?” and I told them that film.
Being a native New Yorker, what are some your favorite hang out spots in the city?
Aw man, I mean I was in Brooklyn, and there’s so many amazing bars out here. I’m a big fan of cocktails, so I like hanging out at stops like The Flat or Hank’s.

Is there an electronic dance music (EDM) rivalry that can be equated to hip-hop's East Coast (Biggie) vs West Coast (Tupac)?
 You mean EDM gangs? I wish there was. We need more fights and more beefs in EDM. We all love each other so much – everything is so similar.

Do you see parallels between what’s happening in EDM now and the explosion of hip-hop in the late '80s to early '90s?
It’s pretty crazy that now hip-hop is very club and club is very hip-hop. The rise of rap music, for example, and then artists like Pit Bull or Rihanna using dance beats. So it’s like things have swapped. I’d say the rise of hip-hop in the 90’s is different than now, because it was very tied to fashion, as well, and I can’t really think of a fashion that’s contributed to EDM except for like the furry raver girls.

Drake or Chris Brown?
Ha! Drake. I like his production and songs, plus he has a good attitude. I can’t hang with someone like Chris Brown, beating up Rihanna or striking anyone like that

If you had to choose one rapper to collaborate with who would it be and why?
Method Man. Let’s get some old Wu Tang up in here. So Method Man, or anyone from Dipset.

Who is your dream woman?
Dream woman? No. I still haven’t found my dream woman. I haven’t found my Marilyn or Bettie Page. I think she’s still out there.

Can you sing, rap, play instruments?
Yeah, it’s all me. It’s all me singing, playing guitar, playing drums, playing piano – I played everything on the album. The only exception was a few string players for songs that involved a string quartet.

For an in-depth track-by-track breakdown of Enter the Night, check out http://bit.ly/LOOqT9.

Check him live:

Fri 7/6: Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge
Sat 7/7: Calgary, AB The Hi-Fi Club
Fri 7/13: Ottawa, ON, RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest
Sat 7/14: New York, Le Bain at The Standard

Pre-order Drop the Lime’s Enter The Night. http://smarturl.it/enterthenight 

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Gucci Mane, XXXTentacion, & More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

Another week, another list of Friday music releases. The week's of 2018 are dwindling, but there is a little more time left for some last-minute music releases. From Gucci Mane, to XXXTentacion, and Ice Cube, here are the albums and singles that you need to hear.

Gucci Mane – Evil Genius

Gucci Mane's 13th studio album is here. The rapper dropped his new project, Evil Genius, featuring an all-star list of talent, including, Quavo, Kevin Gates, Lil Skies and 21 Savage. The LP also features production by Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz and Southside.

The latest music drop marks the perfect finish to an eventful year for Guwop. He previously dropped DropTopWop, Mr. Davis, and El Gato The Human Glacier this year. Even so, the rapper suggested that he wants to make a bang with Evil Genius.

"I think this time, this album was like the first time I kind of had more fun making the records," he said during an interview with Beats 1. "With the intentions of just going in the studio and just had fun and this is what came out. But before, I was kind of going and expressing myself, talking through the mic, like I had a lot of my chest. This album was like, let's find the best beat, make the best song and put it out."

XXXTentacion – Skins

In celebration of XXXTentacion's posthumous album, Skins, his estate and friends through a livestreamed event at 9p.m. EST, featuring Trippie Redd, PnB Rock, Ski Mask the Slump God, Matt Ox and more.

There has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the late rapper's new release. It's his first since his death in June 2018. The album features only one guest appearance from Kanye West. On the track, which is entitled "On Minute," Ye reportedly addressed abuse allegations brought against X. In support of the album, Kanye also released a Yeezy capsule collection, commemorating their single.

Since X's death he has been regarded as a young legend, gone too soon. His sophomore album ?  peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Listen to Skins below.

Ice Cube – Everythang's Corrupt

Ice Cube is make with Everythang's Corrupt. The album's only feature is OG rapper Too $hort.

Cube already got fan excited after released the one of the LP's single "Arrest the President." The track takes aim at President Trump's corruption and racist policies. The album's cover art features Cube holding a 100-dollar bill in his bloodied hands.

Everythang's Corrupt is Cube's tenth studio album and his first in eight years. It's a follow-up to 2010's I Am the West.

Sneakk Ft. YG & Tyga – "Spray"

New artist Sneak has joind forces with YG and Tyga to bring their new banger "Spray." It's Sneakk's first track released through Def Jam. The single definitely sounds like the new stripper anthem or the perfect track to ride down the block to.

Ahead of the single's release, the rapper's shared a teaser on social media featuring a behind the scenes look at their music video.

Michelle Williams – "Fearless"

Michelle Williams is back. The songstress – best known as a member of the popular girls group Destiny's Child – recently dropped a new solo record entitled "Fearless."

The pop record is an inspirational anthem, encouraging fans to face their fears and chase their dreams. This is a huge moment for Williams, as it is her first single in nearly four years. It also follows an overwhelming year for the singer, who got engaged in Apr. 2018, as well as publicly revealed her battle with depression and mental illness.

Listen to the new track below.

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Premiere: Fuego And A. Chal Take Over The Strip Club In "Dancin" Music Video

Dominican trap artist Fuego has created an ode to the art of stripping with his new single “Dancin,” featuring producer and R&B extraordinaire A. Chal. The visuals for the track are laced with bright blue club lights and brief salacious interludes of voluptuous young ladies dancing provocatively.

The two are seemingly in a never-ending party in efforts to promote strip club etiquette through their tantalizing lyrics. There's no denying that Fuego's sound is reminiscent of today's prominent trap artists like Migos and Future, but he packs in a Latino flair, like his contemporaries Bad Bunny and El Alfa. The Washington D.C. native's sound is similar, but it's worth noting he's been on the scene for a while, steadily etching his mark as his musical prowess rises within hip-hop and Latin audiences.

“For some reason, I've always wanted to do a sound that American hip-hop has, and then break that my way,” he tells VIBE. “When it comes to putting stuff together and making fusions of music, I've done it all my life. When I first started out, I did reggae beats, but I was rapping over them. There’s a little more urban, hip-hop sound in the Latin community. Before, it was mad reggae. It either had to be a tropical type song or reggaeton song. I've always wanted to come out with hip-hop music."

Watch the video for "Dancin" below.

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Noname Tells A Tale Of Black Boy Plight In 'Blaxploitation' Visual

Noname's first music video is better than expected as the artist takes on the topics of dangerous implicit biases toward young men of color.

On Tuesday (Dec. 4), the Chicago rapper/poet released "Blaxploitation," a standout from her critically acclaimed album, Room 25. Directed by Alex Lill (Sampha, Joey Bada$$,  Lil Yachty) and written by Noname, the short film includes homages to Blaxploitation films of the 70s through its the style of multiple frames at once as a toddler wrecks havoc on a small-scale version of Chicago.

The music video gives the metaphorical message of how the black boy is criminalized from the beginning of his life. Even in the joy of imagination, his existence is subjected to a criminal or as the townspeople deem him: a monster baby.

The 27-year-old singer will continue riding high off the critically and streaming success of her debut album Room 25 as she will embark on a 37-city trek across the country and Canada.

The Room 25 tour kicks off in Detriot on Jan. 2nd. Dates can be found here.

READ MORE: Noname To Replace ‘Room 25’ Album Art After Designer Abuse Accusations

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